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The Future of Feminist Eighteenth-Century Scholarship Beyond Recovery

The Future of Feminist Eighteenth-Century Scholarship: Beyond Recovery

1st Edition

Robin Runia
November 16, 2017

There is an unfortunate argument being made that feminist scholarship of eighteenth-century literary studies has fulfilled its potential in academic circles. The Future of Eighteenth-Century Feminist Scholarship: Beyond Recovery shows us otherwise. Each of the essays in this volume reaffirms the ...

Daniel Defoe and the Representation of Personal Identity

Daniel Defoe and the Representation of Personal Identity

1st Edition

Christopher Borsing
September 08, 2016

The concept of a personal identity was a contentious issue in the early eighteenth century. John Locke’s philosophical discussion of personal identity in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding fostered a public debate upon the status of an immortal Christian soul. This book argues that Defoe, like...

New Perspectives on Delarivier Manley and Eighteenth Century Literature Power, Sex, and Text

New Perspectives on Delarivier Manley and Eighteenth Century Literature: Power, Sex, and Text

1st Edition

Aleksondra Hultquist, Elizabeth J. Mathews
July 26, 2016

This first critical collection on Delarivier Manley revisits the most heated discussions, adds new perspectives in light of growing awareness of Manley’s multifaceted contributions to eighteenth-century literature, and demonstrates the wide range of thinking about her literary production and ...

Women and Gift Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Fiction Richardson, Burney, Austen

Women and Gift Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Richardson, Burney, Austen

1st Edition

Linda Zionkowski
June 07, 2016

This book analyzes why the most influential novelists of the long eighteenth century centered their narratives on the theory and practice of gift exchange. Throughout this period, fundamental shifts in economic theories regarding the sources of individual and national wealth along with ...

Slavery and Augustan Literature Swift, Pope and Gay

Slavery and Augustan Literature: Swift, Pope and Gay

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Dr J Richardson
April 28, 2014

Slavery and Augustan Literature investigates slavery in the work of Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and John Gay. These three writers were connected with a Tory ministry, which attempted to increase substantially the English share of the international slave trade. They all wrote in support of the ...

The Epistolary Novel Representations of Consciousness

The Epistolary Novel: Representations of Consciousness

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Joe Bray
February 27, 2014

The epistolary novel is a form which has been neglected in most accounts of the development of the novel. This book argues that the way that the eighteenth-century epistolary novel represented consciousness had a significant influence on the later novel. Critics have drawn a distinction between the...

Originality and Intellectual Property in the French and English Enlightenment

Originality and Intellectual Property in the French and English Enlightenment

1st Edition

Reginald McGinnis
October 10, 2012

Are legal concepts of intellectual property and copyright related to artistic notions of invention and originality? Do literary and legal scholars have anything to learn from each other, or should the legal debate be viewed as separate from questions of aesthetics? Bridging what are usually ...

Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature

Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature

1st Edition

Jolene Zigarovich
April 12, 2013

This book discusses sex and death in the eighteenth-century, an era that among other forms produced the Gothic novel, commencing the prolific examination of the century’s shifting attitudes toward death and uncovering literary moments in which sexuality and death often conjoined. By bringing ...

The Rise of Literary Journalism in the Eighteenth Century Anxious Employment

The Rise of Literary Journalism in the Eighteenth Century: Anxious Employment

1st Edition

Iona Italia
October 01, 2012

Recent years have witnessed a heightened interest in eighteenth-century literary journalism and popular culture. This book provides an account of the early periodical as a literary genre and traces the development of journalism from the 1690s to the 1760s, covering a range of publications by both ...

Print, Visuality, and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Satire “The Scope in Ev’ry Page”

Print, Visuality, and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Satire: “The Scope in Ev’ry Page”

1st Edition

Katherine Mannheimer
May 26, 2011

This study interprets eighteenth-century satire’s famous typographical obsession as a fraught response to the Enlightenment’s "ocularcentric" epistemological paradigms, as well as to a print-cultural moment identified by book-historians as increasingly "visual" — a moment at which widespread ...

Gender and the Fictions of the Public Sphere, 1690-1755

Gender and the Fictions of the Public Sphere, 1690-1755

1st Edition

Anthony Pollock
March 12, 2012

Challenging the longstanding interpretation of the early English public sphere as polite, inclusive, and egalitarian this book re-interprets key texts by representative male authors from the period—Addison, Steele, Shaftesbury, and Richardson—as reactionary responses to the widely-consumed and...

Eighteenth-Century Authorship and the Play of Fiction Novels and the Theater, Haywood to Austen

Eighteenth-Century Authorship and the Play of Fiction: Novels and the Theater, Haywood to Austen

1st Edition

Emily Hodgson Anderson
October 11, 2011

This study looks at developments in eighteenth-century drama that influenced the rise of the novel; it begins by asking why women writers of this period experimented so frequently with both novels and plays. Here, Eliza Haywood, Frances Burney, Elizabeth Inchbald, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen ...

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